The Viking-age peoples general view of death was it is inevitable. Many believed that the time of a man’s death was determined at the moment of his birth by the three Norns, the women of destiny who lived under the World-tree Yggdrasil.
Hail to you, O gods and goddesses,
those of you who guard the underworld
and guide the dead on their final journey.
At this time of cold and dark,
I honor you, and ask that you watch over me,
and protect me when the day arrives
that I take my final journey.
So may it be!